Note-Taking Skills


Note-Taking Skills introduces students to the idea of organizing information. They will learn why organization skills are important when it comes to note-taking. They will discover a method for note-taking in the lesson that they will apply to some of the worksheets. They may even come up with their own ideas of how to organize information.

There are a couple good suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section that you might want to use in your class. For instance, you could start the lesson off with a funny video called “Becoming an Organized Student” from YouTube. Additionally, you could discuss with students why they think being organized and having organizations skills might be important in school and in life.

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What our Note-Taking Skills lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Note-Taking Skills introduces students to the concept of organizing ideas, concepts, and information. Students will learn why it is important to be organized and take notes that make sense. They will discover that they can use different formats, such as charts and graphs, to help organize certain information. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to create accessible and usable notes for different situations.

This lesson contains two pages of content discussing note-taking. It first presents a scenario in which a student struggles to remember what she needs to for a test. It shows a picture of what her notes look like. Students will answer a few questions about the notes, such as whether or not they recognize the topic.

Next, students will see an example of the student’s friend’s notes. These will be very organized and neat. Students will answer the same three questions. The two examples illustrate the difference between sloppy notes and organized notes. The lesson presents a method that students could adopt when taking notes themselves. It includes specific sections on a page that organize the material, such as summary, recall column, and notes column.


For the activity, students will work with a partner. One person will read aloud information on major cities in the Thirteen Colonies. The other person will take notes using the template on the second activity page. Then they will switch roles and repeat the process. Afterward, they will compare notes to see which ones they would prefer to use when studying for a test.


The practice worksheet requires students to analyze notes to write a summary. They will need to figure out what the topic of the notes is first. Then they will use the blank space to summarize the information.


Students will have to find someone to help with their homework assignment. They will have that person read a passage of information aloud while they take notes. The instructions mention that students do not have to use the method they learned in the lesson. They can use any technique they want to. They will demonstrate that technique in the space provided.

Additional information


5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


*Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.